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Words of Engagement: Intergroup Dialogue program

Apply to be a Words of Engagement facilitator!

Applications are now open to become a WEIDP facilitator!

WEIDP dialogue courses are co-facilitated by pairs or trios of facilitators of diverse social identities. Facilitators work together to design and co-lead a multi-session, 7-week dialogue course. A facilitator’s role includes attending facilitator training, developing the content for each dialogue with your co-facilitator, and managing communication with dialogue participants, both electronic and individual check-ins when appropriate. The estimated time commitment for WEIDP facilitators is about 7 hours per week.

The Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program (WEIDP) is a for-credit social justice education program that brings together students of diverse social identity groups for facilitated face-to-face conversations about identity, power and accountability. Utilizing theory, experiential learning, and equity frameworks, WEIDP supports participants in exploring key questions about who we are, what we know about each other, and how cultural systems of power impact our lives and relationships. The program prepares students to navigate an increasingly diverse society through relationship building across and within difference and taking steps, both individually and collectively, to promote equity and justice.

WEIDP courses count towards the Cultural Competence Diversity Requirement. Courses are typically 1-credit dialogues that occur in the first and second half of the fall and spring semesters. Each dialogue is themed around a set of social identities (e.g. dialogue on race, gender, immigration, religious bias, ability, etc.) and is co-facilitated by trained intergroup dialogue facilitators. While most of our dialogue offerings are for undergraduate students, WEIDP occasionally offers non-credit professional programming and dialogues for faculty/staff and for-credit for-credit courses for graduate students.

Goals of Dialogue

Upon completion of this course, students will have developed the following dialogical skills.

How to Register

Students can register for a dialogue course directly on Testudo. Each dialogue course consists of 2-3 themed sections. Once a student has registered, they will be prompted by WEIDP to complete a WEIDP student profile on our enrollment portal. The student profile is used to place participants in one of the themed sections of the dialogue course they registered for on Testudo (e.g. a student who registers for EDHI338L: Dialogue on Race, Gender, and Immigration, may be placed in the Dialogue on Immigration).

Facilitator Community

An essential feature of the dialogue process are the skilled facilitators who support participants' learning and their overall experience. The WEIDP facilitation team consists of UMD staff, graduate students, and professionals from the surrounding area. They are educators with a depth of knowledge on various dimensions of identity (such as gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, national origin, ability/disability, religion, etc) as well as knowledge about the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression.

To learn more about how to become a WEIDP facilitator, please email the program at